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Vancouver man accused of sexual assault of two at downtown bar

A 29-year-old man stands accused of second-degree rape for allegedly sexually assaulting two women at a downtown Vancouver bar over the weekend.

Jacob A. Ballhorn of Vancouver appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of the rape allegation, as well as indecent liberties, court records show. Judge Jennifer Snider set bail in the case at $40,000. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for Feb. 28.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, Vancouver police were dispatched to the 600 block of Washington Street for a report of a robbery. Call notes indicated there was a bloody man who left the area, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A responding officer found Ballhorn with “obvious facial injuries,” the affidavit says. Ballhorn told the officer he was attacked by multiple people.

Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said in an email that Ballhorn reported he was assaulted by a group of men who took his wallet while inside Six West Lounge at 606 Broadway. She said Ballhorn was assaulted after he “accosted two women inside of the location.” She did not say whether any of the men were charged.

A woman told police that Ballhorn had sexually assaulted her, according to the affidavit. She said she was dancing with Ballhorn when he began grinding on her body, forced his tongue in her mouth and touched her vaginal area without her permission, according to the affidavit.

The woman pushed Ballhorn away, and bouncers removed him from the bar, according to the affidavit.

Ballhorn admitted to police that he kissed the woman and placed his hands on her vaginal area. “She was into it,” the affidavit quotes Ballhorn as stating.

A second woman told police she also danced with Ballhorn, and he groped her breasts, put his hands inside her pants and sexually touched her, according to the affidavit.

Ballhorn denied putting his hands down her pants, court records say.


Source: https://www.columbian.com

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